April 23, 2004
Fuel to perform spring concert
The concert will feature tracks off their newly released album, "Natural Selection" and cut-backs to former albums "Sunburn" and "Something Like Human," which featured the no. 1 single "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)."
Both Fuel and Breaking Benjamin are originally from Pennsylvania. Fuel hails from Harrisburg, only 60 miles from Selinsgrove and Breaking Benjamin is from Wilkes-Barre.
While in Pennsylvania, they will perform at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, as well as Clarion University.
In the opening week, Susquehanna's box office sold more than 600 tickets to students. Once open to the public, it was only another week until the rest of the tickets were sold.
"We had people calling all day when the ticket sales were opened up," junior Jeff Neidert, chairman of the concert committee, said.
The Student Activities Committee has been busy preparing for Fuel's arrival.
"There is a lot of preparation that goes into one of these concerts," Neidert said.
The committee takes care of everything from coordinating with the band's agent to setting up for the concert itself.
"We help out all day the day of the concert, getting things ready for the show," Neidert said.
He explained that there are many different jobs SAC performs the day of the concert.
Some of these jobs include ticket-takers, friskers, security guards and roamers, who make sure there are no problems within the audience.
Since Fuel concerts are known to have mosh pits, there will be some extra student security staffed at the front of the stage.
"I anticipate some students trying to start a mosh pit," Neidert said.
"If this happens, people will be asked to leave right away and not come back."
He went on to explain that he does not want any injuries, so the quicker the student security can break up this type of activity, the better it is for everyone.
"We've never had any real problems at the concerts. This is the only thing I foresee happening. Other than that, I anticipate it to be a great concert," Neidert said.
Many students are gearing up for the concert by listening to Fuel's new CD.
Junior Pamela Doehner is one of these students.
"I borrowed the CD from one of my friends so I could become familiar with the new album," Doehner said.
"I went to the Michelle Branch concert last semester and I didn't know any of the songs, so I figured I would do my homework and learn the Fuel songs for this concert. My favorite songs from the album are 'Falls On Me' and 'Days With You.'"
Senior Amanda Geiser also obtained a copy of the new Fuel CD.
"I got the new CD and started listening to it a couple of weeks ago. The more I listen to it, the more excited I get for the concert," Geiser said.
The concert is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with Breaking Benjamin on tap first. The doors to Weber Chapel Auditorium will open at 7 p.m.
Fuel released an album titled "Porcelain" in 1996, two years before "Sunburn," according to www.fuelweb.com.
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